The third edition of the World Free Media Forum will take place in Tunis (El Manar Campus) from the 24th to 30th March 2013, at the World Social Forum (26 – 30 March). The organisers have launched a call to participate to all civil activists involved in community and non-profit media, journalists, citizens, etc.
Free Media : A Lever for Building Democracy and Citizenship
After three forums in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro 2008, Vitória 2009 and Porto Alegre 2012), three preparatory meetings in North Africa (Marrakech 2011, Tunis 2012 and Marrakech 2013), two global editions (Belém 2009 and Rio de Janeiro 2012) and a World Social Forum Joint Convergence Assembly (Dakar 2011), free media have created a new opportunity to move forward with a third global forum which will take place in Tunis from the 24th to 30th March 2013.
Several hundred free media representatives from around the world are now preparing to meet in Tunis to participate in the third World Free Media Forum (WFMF), taking place in Tunis from the 24th to 30th March 2013, with special attention paid to non-profit and community radio.
In addition to covering the WSF’s activities and discussions, free media will also have specific activities during the 3rd WFMF: self-managed activities, training workshops, forums, conferences, discussions, media coverage, spaces for expositions and documentation, joint convergence assembly, etc. A free media village will be erected for the entire duration of the forum, with a special section devoted to non-profit community radio.
Programme and Activities (tentative)
Under the heading of self-managed activities, a joint collective programme, registered and organised by media collectives themselves and other interested organisations, was developed along five themes: communication rights, community radio, technological appropriation, regulation and freedom, and diversity vs marginalisation.
24 March 2013 : Roundtable on Opening the 3rd WFMF:
Communication: Common Property
Free Media: A Movement for Communication Rights 25 March 2013 • 1st World Social Forum for Non-Profit and Community Radio • Training (videos, freeware, etc.) 26 March 2013: WSF Opening March 27-28 March 2013: 35 self-managed workshops along the themes of “free media” and “communication rights” 29 March 2013: Joint Actions Convergence Assembly in favour of communication rights strenthening freedom of expression 30 March 2013: WSF Closing Ceremonies
Free Media Village
A free media village will be erected for the entire duration of the World Social Forum and the third World Free Media Forum. A team of journalists and volunteers from around the world will be in charge of this space’s different activities: media coverage, training, animation etc., with support from, among others, E-joussour, the World Community Radio Association (AMARC), Ciranda, IPS, The Panos Institute of West Africa (IPAO).
The free media village will have several spaces:
➢ Free Media Centre The Centre for Free Media is a collaborative space open and dedicated to the different medias that will be present, composed of two editing rooms allowing journalists and volunteers to work on different paper and electronic publications aligned with the World Social Forum (Flamme d’Afrique, Ciranda, E-joussour, Ritimo, etc.), as well as being able to publish information on social media (Facebook, Youtube, Twitter) and on free networks and platforms.
➢ Trainings Space Training and exchange workshops will be given on techniques for making radio capsules, from conception to production and broadcast.
➢ Capsules Souk A space that will be specifically adapted for non-profit and community radio from around the world, where “audio capsules” can be exchanged, as well as broadcasts (reporting, interviews, etc.) that can be reused by individual radio stations, as such or developed and adapted to their specific needs. These capsules will be considered common property to be placed at the disposition of the community.
➢ Two Radio Studios A space will be specifically dedicated to non-profit radio (on air and web) which wish to cover WSF activities live or for rebroadcast, in several languages. The space will be located in studios furnished with the necessary equipment for recording, editing, production and broadcast.
➢ Television Production Set A space will be dedicated to non-profit television (notably World Social Forum TV) in order to create broadcast programmes, interviews etc. live or for rebroadcast (Podcasts).
➢ Documentation Space A free media library (with a special emphasis on non-profit/community radio) will be set up in the Free Media Village. All participants will be able to exchange documentation in different languages.
➢ Exposition Space A special hommage will be dedicated to friends of free medias who have been lost over the last several years, with a special emphasis on the Maghreb-Mashrik region.
In order to reach publics around the world, several languages will be used: Arabic, French, English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Other languages may be added.
• Free media and non-profit and community radio activists from around the world will be trained in the basic techniques of radio;
• A dozen non-profit Tunisan radio stations will benefit from radiophonic equipment acquired through the World Free Media Forum;
• A synergy between free media activists and non-profit community radio will be created as well as networks among activists;
• Campaign strategies in support of communication rights will be discussed and planned;
• Free media activists will identify common international concerns and struggles in strengthening communication rights around the world ;
• A synergy between participants in the Maghreb-Mashrik region and around the world will be created to reinforce struggles for communication rights in the region;
• The groundwork will be laid for the 4th edition of the WFMF.
Thank you for confirming your participation with us by sending the following to this address: : fmmltunis at gmail.com
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Translated by Danica Jorden
Photo: Free Media Seminar in Dakar, 2011, by Ana Facundes